Westside Christian boys soar past Horizon Christian
The Westside Christian High School boys basketball team started strong.
The Eagles also finished with a flurry.
And they got an impressive win over their rivals to show for it.
Westside Christian, playing strong throughout the contest, posted a 60-32 win over Horizon Christian in a Lewis & Clark League game played Saturday in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Westside Christian High School in Tigard.
With the win, the young Westside Christian team, with just two seniors on the roster, improved to 1-1 in Lewis & Clark League play (9-6 overall), putting the Eagles in a tie for third place in the league standings.
"We are going to be a fun team to follow over the next couple years," Westside Christian coach David Henry said.
Horizon Christian moved to 0-3 in Lewis & Clark League play (3-10 overall), putting the Hawks in seventh place in the league standings.
Westside Christian, playing without standout sophomore guard Landon Thom, who suffered a fractured ankle in late December, and will miss the remainder of the season, jumped out to an 11-4 lead after one quarter of play during Saturday's contest. Horizon Christian cut the lead to 23-17 at halftime.
But the Eagles took charge in the second half. Westside outscored Horizon 18-11 in the third quarter to push the margin to 41-28. The Eagles then pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hawks 19-4 in the period, to wrap up the 60-32 victory.
Westside Christian senior guard Ethan Chung led all scorers with 16 points, all coming in the second half of the contest. Senior post D.L. Scales added 14 points for the Eagles, and junior guard Luke Jun scored 11 points.
Westside Christian also got strong overall performances from junior forward Andrew Hollis, who had six points, 11 rebounds and four steals, and from sophomore forward Justice Jackson, who had six points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
"Andrew and Justice really played great defense, and allowed those other to get out and run and score," Henry said.
Senior wing Max Peterson led Horizon Christian with 11 points. Sophomore Brendan Johnson had seven rebounds for the Hawks, and senior Marcus Stetzel had three assists.
"Westside is one of the better teams in the league, even without their starting point guard," Horizon Christian coach Craig Burgess said. "They execute well and can really shoot the ball. They are really well-coached."
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday. Horizon Christian will host Riverdale and Westside Christian will play at Portland Adventist Academy in league games starting at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, Westside Christian will be home to face De La Salle North Catholic in a 7:30 p.m. league contest. On Friday, Horizon Christian will play at Catlin Gabel in a 7:30 p.m. league game.
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